Men's Fashion

Fashion Friday: Is It Too Early For White Shoes?

Last summer, I went to a Bachelor Party in Las Vegas and I knew that the must-have accessory for the trip was a pair of white leather loafers and matching white belt.

After returning to Toronto, this combo earned a regular spot in my wardrobe. At least until about mid-September. Then it got colder, a bit rainier, and my shoes and belt seemed out of season.

Now that the weather is getting warmer again, I'm wondering when I can break this great look out. Can you wear white shoes on the first sunny day, or do you have to wait until after the long weekend in May?

And while we're on the topic: socks or no socks with white shoes?

Fashion Friday: Anything Other Than Naked

A few weeks ago, I was asked to review a copy of Anything Other Than Naked, a guide to fashion and style for men by a former financial services advisor and Captain in the U.S. Air Force.

As someone who works in a slightly less formal environment these days (the only ties I see in our office are the skinny kind worn with plaid shirts), I'm not sure how handy this book will come on a daily basis. However, for buying a new suit or formal wear (or for those pesky Fashion Friday questions that pop up), this book will a great resource.

In a no-nonsense style, it covers almost everything the white-collar male needs to know about getting dressed for work and the formal occasions in his life. I think this would be a great gift for a young gentlemen just graduating from university or about to start his first job.

A few of the pieces of advice that really stand out are that I should buy proper pants hangars to keep my trousers from wrinkling (hang them by the cuffs, not folded over) and that I seriously need to get a better spring-weight jacket.

You can grab a copy of the book at the following links:

Anything Other Than Naked (on Amazon)

Anything Other Than Naked (on Amazon, Kindle edition)

However, the publisher has also  been kind enough to provide an extra copy of the book as a giveaway to one extra-lucky BlogCampaigning reader. For a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment telling us what topic you'd like us to cover in an upcoming Fashion Friday.

I'll choose the best answer on Wednesday, April 13th and notify the winner via email.

Fashion Friday: Button-Down Collars

What's the deal with button-down collars on mens' dress shirts?

From H&M to Club Monaco and French Connection, it seems like you can't get a decent button-down shirt without an extra two buttons holding down the collar these days (and yeah, I know there are probably better places to get shirts, but these three serve as a sort of "What's Trending" in fashion right now).

I've never really liked that look, but couldn't understand why.

Fortunately, Wikipedia came to the rescue and traces their invention back to the Brooks Brothers, who introduced the look in the late 1800s. It was modeled after the shirts polo players wore, and is still considered less formal than collars without buttons.

That's right: there are more buttons, but it is less formal. And the consensus seems to be that you shouldn't wear a tie with this look either. To paraphrase a user on Metafilter: Girls say this looks tacky.

So that's it: No button-down collars for this guy.


PS: While we're talking about collars: Has anyone been watching Boardwalk Empire? I love how all the guys wear shirts with the detachable collars. Where can I get one of those?